Fall Fireplace Mantel | Painted Gourds & Tissue Paper Leaves
First of all, if you have yet to check out DIY Playbook, do so ASAP! Casey & Bridget are both super sweet with mad skills in the DIY department! Their bubbly personalities paired with their creative ideas make them ones to watch in blogland! So of course I was super excited when they contacted me about their Fall Fantasy Draft and when they gave me the task of Craft Expert, I knew there were some big shoes to fill.
In wanting to break outside the box with my fall fireplace, I decided to go brighter than your traditional rustic fall color pallette (which don't get me wrong, I still love). Dubbing this Fall Fireplace Mantel a Colorfall one
(see what I did there?! ~ super cheesy!)
For paint I hit up my local Lowes and ordered up a range of Valspar Paint Samples. I love these half pints because you can pick out any Valspar color swatch and have it mixed right there in store. The possibilities are endless and for under $3 a piece it gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
Colors left to right:
Roasted Chestnut, Scarlet Sun, Autumn Enchantment, Toasted Pumpkin, Vivid Orange)
Rather than traditional pumpkins, I decided to go with Butter Nut Squash, I preferred their smaller size and they ended up being cheaper than pumpkins at my local Farmer's Market. There really is no science in the painting, just slap it on using a foam brush. Some gourds I painted completely, others only a stripe.
To ensure a vivid color I gave each two-three coats, allowing drying time in between. After they were dry I also added Gold Washi Tape for a metallic pop!
For the leaves I used Tissue Paper! While you could go with paper, I preferred the flimsy texture of the tissue paper. Again, I used a foam brush to paint on very thin coats of paint. I alternated between colors, allowed it to dry, then went over each with another thin coat of paint, using a different color on top this time ~ this will give your leaves more dimension. Note, tissue paper is delicate, if you glob on too much paint it will tear, so be gentle, but know a couple tears here and there are inevitable.
Once the the paint is dry, I cut out leaves then used double sided tape to attach them to real sticks (just pick some up out of the yard ~ for free!) For the branches attached to the fireplace I just adhered with tape ~ super easy!
Again, using Gold Washi Tape to give a finished look.
After making my Anthropologie Inspired DIY Tee-Pee Napkins, I decided to enlarge my Tee-Pee design. If you can draw a triangle, you can draw a Tee-Pee! All I used was a brown Crayola Marker, then framed it in an $8 thrift store frame.
So there you have it, a Colorfall Fireplace Mantel!
Be sure to check out DIY Playbook all this week for more